In Leaving Jaipur in the car, I am pursuing my exploration toward the state of Uttar Pradesh in direction of Agra, third destination headlight of the famous Golden Triangle of North India. The road network is ginned of trucks to the beautiful decorations, and to the rear of those, one can read “blow your horn”.
During the 240 kilometers that separate me of Agra, the atmosphere changes and becomes more rural in the many villages crossed. I came here to discover three jewels unavoidable of the Mughal architecture.
Fatehpur Sikri, capital of Akbar
Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1584, is located 40 kilometers to the West of Agra and deserves to be Discovery, flamboyant at sunrise. Fully chiseled in the red sandstone typical of the region of Sikri, this royal city, designed by the Mughal emperor Akbar, is a mixture of architectural styles of influence Hindu and Muslim. The most beautiful carved designs of red sandstone are located in the booth of the astrologer and the roof of the Turkish sultan.
The white marble of the Taj Mahal
Before I go to the eponymous Taj Mahal in Agra, I held to discover (almost) all the secrets of the famous marble of Makrana, originating from Rajasthan, and techniques of inlay on the precious stones in the latter. Coral, Jasper, onyx, carnelian, and turquoise have been embedded in the white marble of the monument the most visited in the country to train of bunches of flowers whose The rose is the effigy of the King and the Jasmin to that of the Queen.
A craft workshop of Agra works since 14 generations to the restoration of the marble of the palace. Once a week not less than 125 stone cutters come to restore the lapidary inlays of Taj. To understand everything in the techniques of incrustation of precious and semi-precious stones, the appointment is made at the U. P Marble Craft Palace to view this incredible craftsmanship!
We will begin by tinting the marble with henna so as to highlight the veins of the stone and realize the plot of the drawings in a hollow. The stones will then be laid down thanks to a mixture of various natural glues based on cane sugar, honey, and rice starch. The henna will then be washed and rubbed with the aid of a stone of sandstone and water. Experience the magnificent beauty of Taj Mahal with Palace on Wheels luxury train which offers world-class amenities onboard the train.
Built on a former Hindu temple, this Mausoleum bordered by the river Yamuna was built according to the desire of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal who will not survive the birth of his fourteenth child! Woke up at 4 a.m. in the morning, I was able to take advantage of the sunrise on the paths of the garden lined with plans of water, leading to the Taj Mahal. In the north part of the site, two buildings are arranged symmetrically: To the west of a large terrace, a mosque with verses from the Koran on its red facade and the is a jawab decorated with floral motifs (flag of the Invited) very similar to the mosque. The most beautiful points of view are to Discover Since the gardens, a little with the variation of the tourists and local people coming on pilgrimage.
The Red Fort of Agra
The Red Fort was the first building of defense built in the 15th century by the Mughal sovereign Akbar in the north of India on the ruins of the Fort of Badalgarh. There penetrates by the gigantic door in red sandstone Amar Singh. The interior of the fort is a succession of the palace of white marble, mosques, and gardens corresponding to the whole of the Mughal dynasty who reigned over 200 years. Take a real pleasure to photograph the immense galleries of arcades of the Diwan-i-AM, the palace of Jahangir as well as the Khas Mahal. Agra is a city which asks only to be visited for its anthology of remarkable sites.
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